The Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT Nairobi) and Ignite Trade Africa organised a Trade Mission to Kigali, Rwanda, on 22nd-25th May 2018. The Trade Mission featured Women-Owned Businesses in the following sectors:

  • ICT
  • Textiles & Apparels
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Professional Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Agribusiness

This Trade Mission was aimed at building linkages and expanding opportunities for women in international markets. SMEs generate approximately 50% of the global GDP and 70% of employment.

The benefits of trade to SMEs and women-owned business are significant. Global Economies would benefit greatly if SMEs and particularly women-owned businesses were more engaged in international trade.

The Trade Mission featured:

  • A B2B Networking Event attended by over 40 participants, the delegates got a platform to build linkages and partnerships that will facilitate trade between Kenyan WOBs and their counterparts from Rwanda.
  • A gala dinner which was hosted at Serena Kigali, and attended by various dignitaries including representatives from the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Rwanda, Rwanda Development Board, Kenya High Commission in Rwanda, Rwanda High Commission in Nairobi, Private Sector Federation, Kenyan Entrepreneurs doing business in Rwanda, Women Entrepreneurs, the delegates had an opportunity to network and better understand the business landscape in Rwanda.

The delegates visited local sites, including the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali Special Economic Zones and had various meetings with the Rwanda Development Board, Private Sector Federation, Rwanda Association of Manufacturers and several Small and Medium Enterprises owned by Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda.

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We would like to give special thanks to our partners:

  • The High Commission of Rwanda to Kenya
  • Rwandair
  • The Rwanda Development Board
  • Rwanda Association of Manufacturers
  • The High Commission of Kenya to Rwanda
  • The ONOMO Hotel -Vasquez Tours & Travels
  • Bonita Tours & Travels
  • The Private Sector Federation of Rwanda; The Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs and the Young Entrepreneurs Chamber

Trade Mission to Kigali Photos

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